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December 06, 2012


Kate Foley

I've only read one of these books (The Fault In Our Stars) but I should look the rest of these up! :D I am also a fan of Rebecca Stead's "When You Reach Me" but my standout reads from this year would definitely include "Divergent" and "Insurgent," the "Maximum Ride" series, any book by Tamora Pierce, Graceling, Gamer Girl, The False Prince, The Help, and What the Dog Said. I am rereading the Harry Potter series for what has to be the fiftieth time over, since that is my favorite series. ;) Good post! It was fun to read! :D

Kate Foley

Oh, and obviously another book that was a standout this year was "The Fault In Our Stars." XD


I'd recommend "For Darkness Shows the Stars" by Diana Peterfreund. It's a post-apocalyptic/sci-fi retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Hardcore Austen fans, don't worry; there's quite a bit of lovely romance here (I actually preferred it to Anne and Wentworth in the Austen novel), and the world-building is phenomenal. I ate this book up and can't wait to read it again. There's also a short-story prequel being marketed as an e-book, although I haven't read that one yet.

I'd also recommend Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Great historical mystery/romance with a unique touch of the paranormal. Very captivating.


Oh, I finished the "Seven Realms" series. Those books are called "The Demon King," "The Exiled Queen," "The Gray Wolf Throne," and "The Crimson Crown" by Cinda Chima. Such great stories! Well crafted, a masterful storytelling, and a fabulous read. I hope that many can get the opportunity to enjoy these books.
I also just finished the sequel to a book that you recommended, Shannon. the first book was called "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" and the sequel is called "Days of Blood and Starlight." These are magical books, and I am torn up that the third book isn't finished yet. I can hardly wait for next year.


Ooh, I'm excited for a YA science fiction from you. That's what I write. And Ender's Shadow is next on my list of to-be-reads. Thanks for the great recommendations, as always.


I loved Cinder so much!!! I can't wait for Scarlet. Also, if you like Marcelo in the Real World, you should read another of his books: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors. It is also pretty great, IMHO.

Serena Young

One of my recent favorite reads (for adults) is, These is my Words by Nancy E. Turner. Aaaaand....Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. I gobbled that one up.


I never post my stand-outs until after the year is over, because I'm still madly reading. But keep posted, because there is pretty much always a Shannon Hale book on the list! :) Of course, the year Goose Girl was published, it was my number one of all. And Book of a Thousand Days.

Amelia Loken

YA- 'The False Prince' by Jennifer Nielsen was awesome!!!! (Swords, disguises & royal intrigue)

Middle grade- I loved 'Palace of Stone' (of course). And I really loved Shannon Messenger's debut, 'Keepers of the Lost Cities'. Perfect for tween and young YAs.

Kate Foley

I LOVED Princess Academy. Our home school group read it for our book club (much to the boys' dislike . . . at first) and everyone either like or loved it! :D I haven't read Palace of Stone yet, but that'll be my next one! :D


I think this is the first time I have not read any of your recommendations. One book I read that I loved is'Book of Decon' it was different than most things I read, but the charactors are brought to life so well. I fell in love with them the second they were introduced. Another amazing one was ' Between Shades of Gray' it is a heart wrenching story about the holocaust that haunts you for weeks after you finish it.


I LOVE LOVE LOVED ENDER'S SHADOW!! Ender's game got all the fame, and that was good, but Ender's game was sooo much more thought provoking in my opinion.


I saw Princess Academy when I searched for classic books for 9-12 year old children on Amazon!

Rachael Molapo

You are *so* right about there being so many great children's and YA books that it's hard to even think of an adult title that compares. I do love Alan Bradley's Flavia deLuce mysteries though. On the Children's/YA front, though, Gary Schmidt's Okay For Now is at least as good as The Wednesday Wars. He is truly just amazingly gifted. I totally agree with you about Marcelo in the Real World. Marcelo is one of the most endearing characters I've read. I would also have to add Kristin Levine's The Lions of Little Rock. Jack Gantos' Dead End in Norvelt was hilarious. But the book I've told everyone to read is Wonder by R J Palacio. Anyone with even half a heart should enjoy Wonder. ;)

Tiffany L.

Gary Schmidt's "What Came From the Stars"--middle grade, my son and I both loved it.

"Horton's Miraculous Mechanisms"--another funny, adorable middle grade

"The Penderwicks"--National Book Award winner, beautifully written, and really a breath of fresh air to read a realistic fiction book that has no angst or sarcasm. It has a timeless feel to it and funny, memorable characters.


I loved The Fault in our Stars the most out of your list.
It's one of my favorite YA novels of all time I think. Never before had I laughed so hard in the middle of crying my eyes out. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty was my favorite adult fiction this year, I think. I can't stop recommending it to people. And Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I ended up reading all the books my library carried by Marchetta because the Jellicoe Road was so great.

Kate Foley

Oh! And "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" was another fantastic book.


Some awesome books that I highly recommend are: your Books of Bayern (all of them), I just love them so much! The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (a prologue to the mysterious benedict society series, which is also a wonderful read), it's so humorous and heartfelt! And lastly, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, which is an amazing historical fiction story surrounding an African American family and the racism and problems they face during the great depression.

Kelsey Hamersley

Let's see...some of my top favorites for this year were "Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman (so, so awesome), "Two Moon Princess" by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban (that one as much because I wasn't sure how it would turn out or even if I'd like it in the end--it really engaged me), and "The Glass Swallow" by Julia Golding. And "Palace of Stone", of course. ;)

A Cooper

I look forward to this post every year. Your recommendations are always good. Always excited to see if we've read any of the same books throughout the year. "The Silver Bowl" and it's sequel "The Cup and The Crown" by Diane Stanley are two of my favorites this year. Also "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern and ofcourse "Midnight in Austenland" - never get tired Shannon Hale! More please!

Julie Daines

Those are great recommendations. I really want you to read My Book of Life By Angel, by Martine Leavitt. It's amazing.


2012 was very much my year of rereading. New books that stand out to me, are Midnight in Austenland, Princess Academy, and Kat, Incorrigible (which I picked out from your last years reads) Reread the Leviathan trilogy about a month ago, and am rereading Howl's Moving Castle now. Since I'm writing steampunk, I have been reading a lot of that.


Unfortunately I haven't read very many books this year so I feel kind of bad. The worst part is that I have nearly 400 books in my to-read list and I have yet to read Mockingjay and the Lost Hero (They're the first 2 I need to read). AAAHHHHH!!!!! Anyways....
Released this year: Palace of Stone – Shannon Hale, Twitterpated – Melanie Jacobson, Midnight in Austenland – Shannon Hale
Released in other years: Princess Ben – Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Princess of the Midnight Ball – Jessica Day George, Princess of Glass – Jessica Day George, The Wide Awake Princess – E. D. Baker, Yearbook – Ally Condie, Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain, Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury, The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins , Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins, Miles to Go – Richard Paul Evans, Midnight Pearls – Debbie Viguie
I also finished The Walk – Richard Paul Evans and I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish Inheritance – Christopher Paolini until after the New Year.


I haven't gotten around to reading much this year, but one of the books I did finish was Grim by Anna Waggener (nothing to do with the TV show). Besides a few f-bombs, it is an incredibly well-written fantasy. I'll be re-reading it over and over again.

Ashley R.

Two that come to mind are Edenbrooke and Palace of Stone.


I LOVED Palace of Stone! It was awesome! Another one was a really good read by a new author named Karli K. Olson. Here's a link to one of her books: https://www.createspace.com/3730048
You all should check it out! Also, she has another book selling on Amazon. Just look up her name and it'll take you right to it. Enjoy!


I loved, loved, loved "Rot and Ruin!. It's a coming-of-age novel about finding one's humanity... post zombie apocalypse. And I also enjoyed "Paranormalacy."


Even though they've both been out for ages, I just read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and Peace Like a River by Leif Enger in the last few months. If you haven't read them, you should. Gilead is truly a lyrical and beautiful book. And Peace Like a River includes a sister who writes cowboy poetry and a father who performs miracles. Anyway, I'm ready to call them two of my most favorite books ever.

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